TOPOLOBAMPO | 445 NORTH CLARK STREET | CHICAGO | 312-661-1434
LOCATION AND HOURS
|LOCATION:||Topolobampo is located on Clark Street, just south of Illinois Avenue, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Valet parking is available.|
|ADDRESS:||445 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL 60654|
|HOURS:||Wednesday & Thursday: First seating at 6:00 pm, Final seating at 8:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: First seating at 5:30 pm, Final seating at 9:00 pm
|CURRENT MENU||The Art Menu|
|SERVICE CHARGE||Learn more about our Service Charge here|
Topolobampo immerses you in the flavors of a story.
Sometimes a story of people and places, a time now distant, or even works of art that offer a glimpse into the uniqueness of Mexican life. Every story is deeply rooted in Mexico, and so is the food, though rarely does it resemble what you’d find in a traditional Mexican kitchen. Topolo presents Mexican cuisine through a contemporary, fine-dining lens, while bringing vibrant excitement and adventure that is sure to enchant even the most experienced culinary travelers.
The narrative of our tasting menu—which changes every seven or eight weeks—has garnered many accolades: the nation’s Outstanding Restaurant at the Beard Awards (2017), a Michelin star, highest ranking from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, Best New Restaurant from Esquire Magazine, Outstanding Service nominee from Beard.
And under the guidance of veteran Chef de Cuisine Meagan O’Connor and Pastry Chef Jennifer Enyart, both of whom have accompanied Chef Rick Bayless for decades as he has learned from cooks all over Mexico, Topolo’s food has never been better.
RESERVATIONS & MENU
•THE ART MENU •
Chefs Meagan O’Connor and Jennifer Enyart and mixologist Lanie Bayless have created six brilliantly crafted courses and a special cocktail—plus snacks and surprises—to engage all your senses, to draw you into these expressive works of art and allow you to experience them from a new perspective.
Folks often say that great cooking is an art form. Never is that truer than when the piece above your head inspires the beauty on your plate.
Caos de Almejas • Baby Baja chocolate clams with a riot of flavors (finger lime, sea beans, yellow tomatoes, Mexican mint marigold, chiltepín), avocado, radish, rooftop cherry tomatoes.
Luz Dorada • Heirloom corn tamal (local fresh huitlacoche), mantequilla beans, yellow summer squash, charred baby corn, black truffle, squash blossom sauce (saffron, güero chile).
Cuadros en Rojo • Slow-cooked Petuna ocean trout (ancho-cured), red peanut mole, kohlrabi three ways (comal-charred, butter-roasted, red wine-braised), chayote.
Tres Piezas • Texas acorn-fed pata negra pork (presa, belly), Bayless Garden eggplant, black bean sauce (infused with salsa negra), black kale, pickled watermelon rind.
Puesta del Sol • Almond macaron (turmeric), homemade clotted cream, apricots preserved with honey wine & anise hyssop, ground cherries.
Baile con Cocodrilo • Chocolate mousse cake, Xoco chocolate ganache, hoja santa ice cream, jamoncillo ruffles, Bayless garden herbs & flowers.
WINE & AGAVE SPIRITS
A perfect pairing for every dish.
To enjoy Topolobampo’s beverage pairings, you don’t have to be a wine or agave spirits connoisseur—though we love it when you are! Each one of our dishes has been meticulously partnered with both a wine and agave spirit, culminating in an elegant dance between food and drink.
Our wine program is led by the ever-passionate, award-winning Jill Gubesch. For 16 years Jill has filled our cellar with unique wines (we have one of the largest lists of Mexican wines in the United States). Jill has also blended special bottlings with some of the top winemakers in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe exclusively for Topolobampo, and she hosts many of that area’s craftsmen for remarkable winemaker dinners where sommelier, vintner and guests get to talk all things Mexican wine.
Our ever-evolving agave spirits program is co-directed by Julianna Arquilla and Lanie Bayless, who are masterfully crafting cocktails and continuously growing our collection of mezcal, tequila, raicilla, sotol and bacanora into one that is beyond reproach. Even when there are only a few bottles in the whole world, it’s likely that we have it (or had it).
Julianna, Lanie and Jill are leading the pack in presenting Mexico’s presence as the home to many master distillers and vintners. We invite you to pre-book a pairing package or simply ask your server which of our offerings will make your night even more special.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Outstanding Restaurant Award James Beard Foundation
One Star Michelin Guide
Outstanding Service nominee James Beard Foundation
Outstanding Restaurant nominee James Beard Foundation
Good Food 100
Best New Restaurant Esquire
4 Stars Chicago Magazine
4 Stars Chicago Tribune
Award of Excellence Wine Spectator
LET US HOST YOUR NEXT FIESTA!
For a more intimate Topolo experience for your group, consider Topolo’s private dining room, The Library. We can accommodate up to 30 guests for magical multi-course meals. It’s just one of our three private event rooms at our Clark Street restaurants. For more information see
Rick and Dean Bayless, PROPRIETORS | Zach Steen, CULINARY DIRECTOR
Meagan O’Connor, CHEF DE CUISINE | Jennifer Enyart, PASTRY CHEF
Lanie Bayless, GENERAL MANAGER | José Gonzalez, MANAGER
Jill Gubesh, WINE DIRECTOR | Julianna Arquilla, SPIRITS DIRECTOR
445 North Clark Street • Chicago, IL 60654